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Sixty years ago, this city bore little resemblance to the place today. For those who never knew Beirut in its golden age, it's difficult to imagine it as anything but a traffic-ridden, polluted, overcrowded haven for nightclubs and shopping malls. Blocks of Faris' photographs are scattered across every wall of the spacious gallery.One photo series captures consecutive moments of different strangers walking on Rue du Caire or sitting at the Horseshoe Cafe, all captured from the same angle.A Syrian-born Iraqi, Faris co-founded "Contact," a Ras Beirut art gallery devoted to young Arab artists, in 1972 . He represents a forgotten era that lives on only through black-and-white images of a modest, more delicate way of life.Faris' apparent yearning for the old days in Lebanon's capital somehow influenced the artist's decision to hang the pieces as he has. He began rummaging through his archives, and found a trove of sepia-shaded images of people, cultural events, architecture, styles and street life of that era.
A bird’s eye view of cityscapes
Walid Nahas’ symphonies of color
Illusions of shape and perception
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